Packing a lunch saves not only our money, but also our health. When we’re not prepared with balanced meals and snacks for the day, we may resort to filling up on convenience foods, either from the closest gas station, coffee shop, or fast food restaurant (yikes!). While some of the choices may seem healthy (such as a salad or a muffin) they’re often deceivingly unhealthy, packing refined sugars and high levels of sodium. In the spirit of Brown-Bag-It Day, May 25, here is a list of our favourite lunches. Many can be prepared on a Sunday and be split into several days’ lunches, many are hand-held for nutrition on-the-go, and all are super easy and nutritious. Crunchy Sweet Potato Salad Almond Pear Sandwich Mixed Bean Salad Salmon Salad on Rye Chickpea Goji Berry Salad Tofu Pitas with Chunky Peanut Sauce Baked Spinach and Potato Samosas Layered Indian Summer Salad Teriyaki Tofu Wraps Quick Curried Chicken Sammie Don’t forget to pack a lunch tonight—and … [Read more...] about Pack a Lunch Tonight; Tomorrow is Brown-Bag-It Day!
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If your hands are as soft as sandpaper and you have calluses sharp enough to tear open the mail, do you really wonder why your best come-hither look sometimes falls flat? And does one glance at those feet of yours have the object of your affection running in the other direction? Skin care can be manly Yes, men should be men. But they should also have welcoming hands and well-cared-for feet. Have no fear, gents. You can be well-groomed and manly at the same time. Here’s a primer. No one likes it rough To soften hands’ hard edges, use a body scrub in the shower to gently exfoliate dry skin. Regularly moisturizing your nails and cuticles with lotions containing natural lactic, glycolic, or malic acid can help keep hands supple. Finger tips Soak fingertips in warm, soapy water to soften cuticles, then use an orange stick (a wooden manicure tool) to gently push cuticles back. Dry hands thoroughly. Yes, you do need to file your nails after you trim them, … [Read more...] about Hand and Foot Care for Men
Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat (usually beef or venison) that originated in South Africa. It is made by soaking slices of meat such as beef or venison in a marinade for a period of time and then hung out to air dry. The word Biltong comes from the words “bil” (from Middle Dutch bille) which means rump, and “tong” (from Middle Dutch tonghe) which means tongue. Literally, tongues (or strips) of meat from the animal’s rump. How Biltong should be made is all up to personal preference – I prefer it to be dry and lean while others may prefer it to be moist and fatty. I also prefer Biltong to be lightly seasoned with a few basic spices while others may prefer their Biltong plain, or heavily seasoned with coriander and other spices. One batch of Biltong can easily be made to cater for several different taste preferences. At the end of the marinating period, simply sprinkle the dry spices of your choice on a … [Read more...] about How to Make Biltong
Renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydro power are vital to meeting the next generation’s energy demands. With the price of solar photovoltaic panels dropping and wind power having the worldwide capacity to power 30 million U.S. homes, renewable energy is no longer an inaccessible, fringe option. This transition in energy generation and consumption provides an excellent learning opportunity for parents, teachers, and kids alike. Showing kids how renewable energy works, and how it is a smarter alternative than traditional fossil fuel methods, will help them embrace these resources throughout their lives – and could even spark an interest in the science behind renewable energy that leads to career choices. If you are looking for ways to teach your kids about renewable energy, but make it a fun experience, give these projects and experiments a try. If you ask your kids what items electricity powers, “the lights” are … [Read more...] about 10 Hands-On Projects to Get Kids Excited about Renewable Energy
Ever gone on a shopping spree? Whether you’re a full shopaholic, or you trek out to the mall once in a blue moon, we’ve all had a “spree” at one point or another — one of those days where you just can’t choose between all of the delightful items you’ve found; so heck, you choose them all. Shopping entails a series of choices; eco-conscious consumerism is when those choices have moral and sustainable underpinnings. People make eco-conscious decisions every day. An eco-friendly choice may be selecting locally grown, seasonal fruit over the bananas grown in Panama; buying one piece of clothing designed and manufactured in the U.S. rather than a dozen cheap t-shirts from a discount store; or purchasing a compact fluorescent light bulb, instead of a traditional halogen. Sometimes it’s difficult to visualize the difference that one individual consumer’s choices can make. The truth is that eco-conscious consumerism does have an … [Read more...] about Can Eco-Conscious Consumerism Make a Difference?
If you have never considered pistachios to be a healthy snack, maybe you need to reconsider. Here are a few ways that pistachios can benefit your health and lifestyle. 1-Heart Healthy Pistachios are known for reducing bad cholesterol – LDL as well as increase good cholesterol HDL. The great thing about this is that you don’t need to eat a bunch of pistachios for a long period of time, just a few small handfuls and in a few weeks or even months you will start seeing significant changes in your diet and health. These little nuts are also very high in anti-oxidants such as Vitamin A and E, they help fight inflammation which means they are good for things like arthritis and joint swelling and they have also been known to protect the vessels in your blood which help in reducing the risk of heart disease. 2-Healthy Blood While many other foods out there do have B6, pistachios are an incredibly rich source for this vitamin. Vitamin B6 is one of the … [Read more...] about Going Nuts Over Pistachios – How to Make Your Own Pistachio Milk
When you’re sitting at your desk at work, there are bound to be times when your appetite gets the best of you. It is all too easy to sit and snack while you go about your tasks during the day. Prolonged periods in a chair and unhealthy foods make for a bad combination. Not only will you not feel your best, you’ll start to see an impact on your waistline too. To keep away those unwanted pounds and maintain high energy levels, start making wise choices for your office snacks. Move Over Soda and Potato Chips If you’ve been keeping a stash of soda and potato chips under your desk, it’s time to re-think your eating habits. You’re only going to pile up the calories and overindulging is a problem as well. First, think about what you drink. The best possible option is water, hands down. Make it chilled water and you will be doing yourself a favor. Consuming cold water makes your body work harder to raise its temperature, burning calories in the process. You … [Read more...] about Have Healthy Snacks on Hand While You’re at Work
(NaturalNews) By now, almost everybody knows that conventional milk products routinely contain synthetic hormone chemicals, blood and pus. So most people look for alternative milk products, and while soy milk was popular for many years, all the nasty truths about soy (GMOs, deforestation, etc.) have caused a major shift to almond milk over the last 3 years or so. Today, most health-conscious people are drinking almond milk, oat milk or some other non-milk, non-soy milk product. Some are also drinking raw cow’s milk which is also quite healthy because it’s not pasteurized. (Personally, I drink a small amount of raw goat’s milk, adding it to my daily smoothies.) Thanks to a company called Blue Diamond, non-organic almond milk is readily available in grocery stores, too. Almond milk has become the top choice for three reasons: 1) Almonds taste great. They have natural sweetness and a creaminess. 2) Almonds are super healthy. The plant-based fats are far … [Read more...] about How to make your own nut milk (or fresh green juice) using water, nuts, a blender and a nut milk bag
5 Ways to Make Healthy Food Fun for Kids If your children are like most modern kids, dinnertime is a showdown of epic proportions. On one side is the young one who wants chicken nuggets, ice cream, and any other tasty treats that are full of fat, sugar, and preservatives, while you’re on the other side of the table wishing you knew how to convince your son or daughter that healthy foods matter. The dinner table doesn’t have to be a warzone every night. With a few simple tips and ideas, you can make eating healthy a fun and exciting event that not only keeps your children interested, but also helps ensure that they receive the recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients each day. Teaching your kids about nutrition early will help them create healthy values and routines that will last a lifetime. Let Them Help Make Dinner Yes, you read that right. The first idea, straight from The Nemours Foundation, is to get your kids into the kitchen for a little family … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Make Healthy Food Fun for Kids
Your Bug Out Bag Essentials More often than not essential items are overlooked when packing various types of bug out bags. Your bug out bag essentials will vary based upon gender, naturally, as well as these essentials will vary depending upon the length of time your bug out bag is packed for. The most common bug out bags includes 12, 24, 48 and 72 hour bug out bags. For each of these bags essential supplies can often be overlooked however, here is a short list to help you remember all the essentials while packing the basics. 12 Hour Bag For a 12 hour bug out bag the essentials are pretty basic. Your bug out bag essentials for 12 hours include: Water Maps / Compass IFAK / Rope Gloves First and foremost water. Water is not often forgotten but the importance of how to store water is often overlooked. Ensure a canteen or a product of similar durability to store your water. Canteens are often recommended because they … [Read more...] about Your Bug Out Bag Essentials